Does Linda Loman know of her husband's affair in Death of a Salesman?

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We don't know for certain if Linda knows about her husband's extra-marital affair with a secretary. It's more than possible that she does. But in the overall scheme of things, it's really not that important. For even if Linda does suspect Willy's infidelity, it doesn't affect how she regards him....

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We don't know for certain if Linda knows about her husband's extra-marital affair with a secretary. It's more than possible that she does. But in the overall scheme of things, it's really not that important. For even if Linda does suspect Willy's infidelity, it doesn't affect how she regards him. She's as loyal and faithful a wife as possible. In keeping with the traditional role of a housewife, Linda acts as her husband's helpmeet, supporting and encouraging him as best she can, soothing his fragile ego as he goes through one damaging setback after another.

It's notable in this regard that Linda always sides with Willy against his sons. In one particularly telling argument, she flatly tells Biff that if he doesn't have any feeling for his father he doesn't have feeling for her, either. This is in response to Biff's acute observation that his father's been acting erratically lately.

Now just imagine, for one moment, what would've happened here if Biff had spilled the beans about Willy's affair to his mother. Given her fanatically loyal sense of devotion towards her husband, it seems reasonable to assume that Linda would've reacted furiously to any suggestion that her husband had cheated on her. It's more than likely that she would have remained stuck firmly in the first two stages of grief—denial and anger—without ever being able to move on to the final stage: acceptance.

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